The second film in J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts series has been dogged by two different controversies: Dumbledore’s sexuality and the decision to cast and keep Johnny Depp in the films. J.K. Rowling revealed that Dumbledore was gay in 2007 months after Deathly Hallows was published. Some fans are still angry that Rowling decided to make Dumbledore gay retroactively and now in the new series of films, they don’t think he’s explicitly gay. Ezra Miller, who plays Credence, stepped up to Rowling’s defense in an interview with Total Film.
“It’s a funny idea to me that every form of representation has to look the same,” Miller told Total Film. “For me, personally, I find Dumbledore’s queerness extremely explicit in this film. I mean, all around. He sees Grindelwald, his young lover who’s the love of his life; he sees him in the Mirror of Erised. What does the Mirror of Erised show you? Nothing more than the most desperate desire of your heart. If that’s not explicitly gay, I don’t know what is.”
The clip Miller is referring to appeared in the final trailer for the film, but fans still didn’t think it went far enough. It’s just one month away from the film’s release and it seems like the Internet has judged it already. Miller has something to say about that.
“Why don’t you wait until you see the film before you start talking shit on Twitter?” Miller said. “Or wait to make up your own mind about something for once in your life. Do your own research. Make up your own mind. Follow your heart, and really, really investigate situations before you identify yourself and pick a side, and start throwing things at the opposition. Because that’s what’s totally screwing everything up right now. And it polarizes us. We’re all human, and there’s a lot of things we can agree on.”
Regardless of how this film is received by fans, there are three more coming. The Fantastic Beasts series has five films in total. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Rowling said that she had the entire Fantastic Beasts series planned out.
“As with the Harry Potter books, it is all mapped out,” Rowling said. “In fact, when we announced the five films, I talked about that. It’s always possible that some details will change along the way, but the arc of the story is there. It’s been an amazing opportunity to tell parts of the backstory that never made it into the original books. I’m thinking particularly of one character that I think fans will be surprised to meet in this movie.”
The author and screenwriter hinted that she wants to move the action outside of North America and Europe at some point in the series. This makes sense because in Pottermore, Rowling’s wizarding world website, she has pages for the wizarding schools in Asia, South America and Africa.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is all about Paris though. We’ll have to follow Miller’s advice and wait until November 16 to see where the series leads.